I am a senior undergrad with one equity research internship under my belt (last summer). It was at a small asset manager and I was able to do a lot of research, even generate my own initiating coverage reports on a few companies mostly covering REITs and TMT.
Right now, I'm looking at an equity research associate position with a well respected sell-side research shop in an area I really want to live. Basically, my dream job. The only problem is, it's for an analyst that strictly covers REITs. I feel like I have a good understanding of the industry and know I could do the job well, but I felt much more drawn to/engaged by my research, projects, and reports in the technology, media, and telecom sectors.
My question is: if I were to be offered this position, would I essentially be stuck in real estate the rest of my career? How difficult is it to switch coverage sectors later in a career, and does this differ buy-side to sell-side?
Any help would be much appreciated!